News from EDS

Bridging Past and Present: Reflections on the Jonathan Daniels Pilgrimage

As best I can figure it, unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, just about the time Bishop Rob Wright had us singing “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on us” in the Lowndes County Courthouse in Hayneville, Alabama.

Meg Wagner '15 Publishes Youth Ministry Curriculum

Meg Wagner, a Distributive Learning (DL) MDiv student at EDS, recently published Holy Relationships, a youth ministry curriculum on gender, sexuality, and healthy relationships. Published by LeaderResources, Wagner's curriculum began as her final project in Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology Patrick S. Cheng's Queer Theology and Pastoral Care course in January 2013.

Association of Theological Schools Announces Focused Visit to EDS

EDS President and Dean Katherine Hancock Ragsdale has received a letter from the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (COAATS).

The COAATS stated that it had become aware of “several events reported to have occurred at Episcopal Divinity School this past academic year.”  As a result, the Board of Commissioners of the COAATS has decided to make a focused site visit to the School this fall.

The Board of Trustees and President welcome the outside perspective that the COAATS will bring.

Dr. Gale A. Yee Announced as Recipient of the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal by the Graduate Theological Foundation

Dr. Gale Yee

Dr. Gale A. Yee, Nancy W. King Professor of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, has been awarded the 2015 Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies by the Graduate Theological Foundation. Named for the Swedish theologian and New Testament scholar, Emeritus Bishop of Stockholm, Professor Emeritus and former dean of Harvard Divinity School, the Krister Stendahl Medal is awarded annually to an eminent Biblical scholar. Past recipients include The Rev. Professor John Barton of Oxford University, and Dr.

EDS Welcomes Largest Distributive Learning Class in its History; The Rev. Frank Fornaro '96 Delivers Matriculation Address

June 11, 2014 (Cambridge, MA)-- Episcopal Divinity School welcomed its largest-ever class of Distributive Learning students this week, as 14 students matriculated in the school's historic St. John's Memorial Chapel. EDS's Distributive Learning program is an innovative low-residency program that allows students to earn a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, or Doctor of Ministry degree by taking online courses during the fall and spring terms, as well as intensive courses on the EDS campus during two week terms in January and June.

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings '77 Addresses EDS Graduates

Text of the address given by The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings '77, President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church, at the 2014 Commencement Exercises of Episcopal Divinity School on May 22, 2014. 

President Ragsdale, Bishop Tengatenga, Malcolm, Janet, Julia, and all of you students, alums, family, and friends who have gathered today, it is an honor to address you on this happy occasion.

Episcopal Divinity School Conducts 2014 Commencement Exercises

May 22, 2014, CAMBRIDGE, MA—Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) celebrated the graduation of 23 students during its Thursday Commencement Exercises at the First Church in Cambridge, Congregational.

The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings EDS '77, President of the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church—the first ordained woman to hold that position—delivered a commencement address on the topic of the restructuring of the Episcopal Church.

Focusing on the Future, Dean Ragsdale Delivers State of the School Address

Cambirdge, MA (May 19, 2014) -- The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School, delivered the 2014 State of the School Address at the annual Alumni/ae Association luncheon during the School's Alumni/ae Days earlier this month. Dean Ragsdale's speech focused on the future of theological education and EDS's plans for future growth. Dean Ragsdale issued a 2014 EDS Fact Sheet as an addendum to the speech. 

The Future of Tenure at EDS: A Conversation with The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale and The Very Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski

On April 8, 2014, the Episcopal Divinity School Board of Trustees and President and Dean The Very Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale announced a temporary hold on all tenure-track faculty appointments at EDS in order to undertake a review of tenure practices at the school. Since the announcement, members of the EDS community have written with questions about the Board’s decision and the future of tenure at EDS. In the interview below, EDS Board of Trustees Chair The Very Rev. Dr. James A.